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House question...
I had a weird thing happen.

I had my outside faucets covered for a year.  I just took the covers off today, hooked up the hose, and proceeded to spray the shrubs... for about 3? 5? minutes.  Then it just... petered out, or really down to a low trickle spray.

What happened?  I went inside, listened around, no sound of running water.  Did some kind of "clot" block the pipe?  Because they *are* old, and we *have* had one leak from rusting through before.  But shouldn't I hear *something* from inside?

I don't want to have to call a plumber if I don't have to, but I don't want to irreversibly damage my house, either.

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nola_nola From: nola_nola Date: July 5th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is the water running as usual from the other faucets in your house? If not the supply to your whole house has been cut down.

Certain times of day when my neighbors are all using water, my volume is down.

Wait and try later. Be on the lookout for any leaks. Is there a plugged screen on the end of the faucet? That has happened in my bathroom. Is it the hose?

If you have water elsewhere and none to those faucets, then yes, I would say those pipes are clogged. I don't think there will be any damage elsewhere.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: July 5th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

This morning, I decided to do a little sleuthing (since now 1) it was light, and 2) I hadn't been drinking (hey, it *was* the 4th!)

First, I undid the hose from the faucet, and proceeded to get sprayed a bit in the process. Which was good, because it showed the line was under pressure. Then I put the hose back on again, took off the nozzle, and good (but hella yella water from old pipes) flow. So I put the nozzle back on, after bashing it around a bit to see if I could shake anything lose.

Spitzley spray again. So now I know it's a blocked sprayer.

But how the heck do you unclog it? Maybe some kind of compressed air, blown in from the front? I don't know...
nola_nola From: nola_nola Date: July 5th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm. It could lime or calcium build up? You can buy lime remover and try soaking it. Probably just as cheap to buy a new sprayer.
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